Australia is the land of opportunities but it is also extremely expensive. Sydney is the 5th most expensive city in the world, therefore the rent of a tiny room can cost up to $1200 per month, a single ride fare on public transport $4, a pizza $22, and the electricity bills are the highest in the world. Melbourne is close behind.
At least, differing from Mediterranean countries, the unemployment rate is only 6% and salaries fit the cost of living: a clerk earns $18 gross per hour, a nurse $29, a carpenter $27, a professional more than $30. At the weekend and in disadvantageous hours these amounts increase, so a full-timer can earn up to $4000 per month. Those who work full time do not have to worry about the cost of living, but you can expect to spend at least $80 a day, so it is necessary to find a job as soon as possible, as money runs out quickly Down Under.
Often, you are already thinking about finding a job from your country, and then you move to Australia. Australian employers are really looking for people willing to work in Australia straight away, already onshore and with a valid work visa. This country is at the forefront of technology and internet, so it is true that many jobs can be found online (especially those in offices), but Australians appreciate door-to-door applications as well. In hospitality and construction it is better to show up directly to the work place.
Job opportunities are balanced with your English level: the better your English, the more you get paid. Furthermore, it is always an advantage to have a qualification in your field and some work experience. If you don’t have any of those requirements, don’t be afraid, because you can get a qualification and start getting job experience in Australia. Of course, regarding the last point, you need to have a good level of English.
How to work in Australia
- Request a visa for Australia
- Ask for a Tax file number
- Look for a job online or go straight away to the work place